Rahul’s Nyay Yatra to enter MP on March 2


Gandhi will hold a roadshow on March 2 after the yatra enters MP at Piprai in Morena district…reports Asian Lite News

The ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will enter Madhya Pradesh on March 2 and the mass outreach programme, being held ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, will continue in the state till March 6, a party leader said on Tuesday.

Gandhi will hold a roadshow on March 2 after the yatra enters MP at Piprai in Morena district, state Congress vice president Rajiv Singh said.

Later in the day, the yatra will reach Gwalior city where the former Congress president will address a public meeting, he said.

On March 3, the yatra will resume from Gwalior with Gandhi’s address to Agniveer ex-servicemen and reach Shivpuri after passing through different villages and towns. On way to Shivpuri, Gandhi will interact with tribal community members in Mohkheda.

Gandhi will hold a roadshow in Shivpuri city and later reach Badarwas town, where he will address a public meeting. There will be an overnight halt of the yatra at Badarwas (Shivpuri district), Singh said.

On March 4, the yatra will resume from Miyana in Guna district and reach Raghogarh after passing through various villages.

After a roadshow in Raghogarh, Gandhi will address a public meeting at Pipal Chouraha in Biaora of Rajgarh district and interact with the farmers at Bhatkhedi, Singh said.

After night halt in Bhatkhedi, the yatra will resume from Pachore on March 5 and reach Shajapur, where Gandhi will hold a roadshow. Gandhi will also interact with students at Maksi town in Shajapur district and the yatra will later proceed to Ujjain.

The Wayanad MP will offer prayers at the Mahakaleshwar temple and address a rally in Ujjain on March 5. After night halt at Ingoria, the yatra will resume on March 6 from Badnagar where Gandhi will interact with women. He will also hold a roadshow in Badnagar and a public meeting in Badnawar, Singh said.

The yatra will go to Ratlam and Sailana later that day, he added.

BJP won’t win a single seat in Kerala, says Tharoor

On the day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Thiruvananthapuram, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday said he doubts whether the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will win even a single seat in Kerala.

“I don’t think the BJP is going to win a single seat in Kerala. Their strongest performance has always been in Thiruvananthapuram… I am not expecting that they will be anything better than that this time around either. Everywhere else, we have strong candidates,” Tharoor said speaking to ANI.

The senior Congress leader said that the BJP does not have a strong support base in Kerala and their kind of message does not augur well for the voters in the state.

“I think the BJP’s support base is limited in our state. Their kind of appeal is based on Hindutva, Hindi, Hindu and Hindustan- their kind of message does not fly very well here in Kerala,” Tharoor said.

On the Communist Party of India (CPI) fielding Annie Raja, the wife of CPI General Secretary D Raja from Wayanad, from where Rahul Gandhi is the sitting MP, Tharoor said that it is good for democracy since she is a worthy candidate.

“I know Annie Raja. She is a respectable lady and a very well-qualified person to speak for the people and so are the other candidates. I think a good thing for democracy is when the voters have a choice and they have the opportunity to weigh and balance who should be their best representative in Parliament to speak for them and raise the issues that matter,” Tharoor said.

Speaking about the first list of four candidates fielded by the CPI in Kerala, the senior Congress MP said that he is not “particularly alarmed” as the Congress had won in all those four constituencies in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

“Last time, we had CPI candidates in four of those constituencies and we ended up winning all of them. I am not particularly alarmed. But it is very good to see good people being put forward,” Tharoor said.

Speaking on Pannian Raveendran, the CPI candidate from Thiruvananthapuram from where Shashi Tharoor is the sitting MP, he said, “I dont think Pannian Raveendran had the kind of record that would have made him a worthy candidate for reelection. In 2019, the party put forward another candidate against me, not him.”

“Now that they have put him forward again, I think he will have to explain to the electorate what he would do differently. To my mind, he is a good person. I have met him many times and I will be very happy to have a fair contest against him and whoever the other parties put up,” he added.

Speaking about Thrissur, where Congress has TN Prathapan as the sitting MP, Tharoor said, “I think Thrissur is going to be an important fight. Where all three parties have strong candidates, the public has a good choice.”

Heaping praise on Prathapan, who has started a 14-day long padayatra in his constituency, Tharoor said, “On one hand, they have an MP who has done them very good service for the past five years, worked hard, spoken for the party. Even today, I inaugurated a padayatra by him…He is taking a march through his constituency over 14 days.”

While the BJP did not manage to win any seat in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in Kerala, the Congress swept the state, winning 15 out of 20 seats. The Indian Muslim League won two, CPI the Revolutionary Socialist Party one and the Kerala Congress(M) won one seat. (ANI)

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